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  • Castle/Old town

    Ioannina Things to Do

    Ali Pasha, the pasha of Ioannina, known as an enlightened but also very cruel ruler. Lord Byron describing him had mixed feelings, noting the splendor of Ali's court and the Greek cultural revival in Ioannina, which was "superior in wealth, refinement and learning to any other Greek town". But Byron also wrote:"His Highness is a remorseless tyrant,...

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  • Lake and island

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    To get to the isle you'll take a regular boat service from Ioannina, the boats usually anchor near the entrance to the castle, so if you'll follow the Old Town Walls you can't miss it. The ticket costs 2 EUR one way and it can be purchased on the boat. Once quiet Nisaki is rather a tourist place now. There are several small monasteries, but people...

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  • Zagori-Zagoria villages

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    Monodendri is one of the picturesque Zagori villages. From the central part of the village take a cobbled path down towards the old school and square. Order "alevropita" at a restaurant on the square and while it will be ready, walk some 10 minutes further to the monastery. Light a candle, whisper a prayer, enjoy the views of Vikos canyon and walk...

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  • Pavlos Vrelis Wax Museum

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    The museum is focused on Greek War of Independence in the 19th century. The most promoted scene form the museum's collection is the one with the slaughter in the monastery of Nisaki, in which also Ali Pasha was killed and beheaded. A part of this scene is on one of the following pictures. (I'll spare you the whole picture, but the whole scene...

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  • Ioannina’s buildings

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    It is sited on a hill, watching the whole city and the lake. It was built by the Society for Epirotical Studies, after the traditional architecture, and its internal rooms are decorated like the old mansions of Epirus, with admirable artistic woodcut elements. It is functioning as cafeteria and restaurant with both Greek and international...

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  • Metsovo village

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    Metsovo is a remarkable town in Epirus 550 kms from Athens, only 37 minutes drive from Ioannina. It is like an Alpine village, reminding me very much of Switzerland. Not only the climate but the houses remind me of this country. It is a popular destination the year round with much greenery, and natural beauty. I believe it is one of the few places...

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  • Byzantine Museum

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    The Byzantine Museum is housed in one of the buildings of the acropolis, inside the castle of Ioannina. The central section was built in the 1960's as a Royal Pavilion. The museum was opened to the public in 1995. The collection of the silver items is housed in a separate 19th century building on the acropolis (the ex powder magazine of Ali-pasha),...

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  • Municipal Ethnographic Museum

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    The Municipal Museum is housed inside the Aslan Pasha mosque on the opposite side of the Kastro from the Its Kale. The museum itself is a bit weird: its collection, which is small, is further subdivided into Christian, Muslim and Jewish to mark the three confessional communities that inhabited Ioannina before 1923. It holds mainly costumes and...

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  • Agios Athanasios cathedral

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    We know that it existed before the rebellion of Dionyssios the Philosopher (1611) and was saved, but it was burned down in August 25, 1820. The existing church was rebuilt and finished in 1833 by technicians from Vourbiani village near Konitsa. White and black stone dominate to the building. The style of the church is three-aisle basilica with...

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  • Archaeological Museum of Ioannina

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    The museum functions since 1970. It contains five rooms and two atriums; in rooms A, B, and C findings from the region of Epirus are exhibited. Room D is closed. In room E, works of Greek artists of the 19th and 20th centuries are temporarily exhibited. The two atriums contain architectural members and inscriptions from various archaeological sites...

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  • Dodona

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    DODONI--The ancient site of Dodona is located 22 km. south of Ioannina, in the narrow valley between mounts Tomaros and Manoliassa. The first remains on the site date from the prehistoric period and the first deity worshipped here was the Earth goddess. The cult of Zeus and the sacred oak tree was brought to Dodona by the Selloi, a branch of the...

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  • Litharitsia park

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    The central square of Ioannina is 25th March square. It’s full of cafeterias, where the people use to gather during the summer before heading down to Molos etc. You can stop for a great sweet at Diethnes or any other café, see the statues of the square and the famous 100 year old clock at the nearby Litharitsia park. The clock is even more...

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  • Cave of Perama

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    Don’t miss the famous cave at Perama. It’s a beautiful cave with 19 different kinds of stalactites. The cave was founded there during the 2nd world war by accident while the inhabitants were trying to find a place to hide when the german planes bombed the area! The one that found the cave saw a bear coming out of it! He’s not alive anymore but his...

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  • Agia Aikaterini Metochi

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    The city of Ioannina is full of churches. This one is the metochi(glebe) of the monastery of Ayia Aikaterini on Mount Sinai and has a small church inside. I spent some time in the inner yard (pics 2-3) until a priest opened the door of the church(pic4) for me and took some pics inside (pic 5). At this metochi during greek-turkish wars of 1897...

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  • Orpheas Open-air Cinema -CLOSED

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    “Orpheas”, the only left outdoors cinema theatre of Ioannina, is a touchstone for the inhabitants, located in the centre-most part of the city (Michael-Angelo & Pyrrou streets) where all the social and business activities take place. It is preserved and functioning for traditional reasons, still offering a pleasent film-watching during summer...

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  • Holocaust Monument

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    There is a small monument to those of Ioannina's residents who were killed in the Holocaust. The overwhelming majority of the Jewish community was deported and murdered in death camps in Eastern Europe.

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  • Litharitsa Fortress

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    It is sited at the centre of Ioannina, near the Archaeological Museum. It was initially built as palace by Ali-pasha who made Ioannina his seat. It was much larger, including two more palaces for his sons. One of them was at the place of the Military Head-Quarters and the other at the place of the Archaeological museum. Englishmen W.M.Leake and...

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  • Fethiye Mosque

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    It´s the mausoleum of Ali Pascha. Very interesting! Ali Pascha , already a legendary figure was an educated like unprincipled potentate, conscious of power which owned a harem of 500 women, had a lord Byron as guest , also English, French and Russian ambassadors. The history says, he has in 1801 would drown in the sea the favorite woman of his...

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  • Agios Georgios New Martyr church

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    This is a hulking mass of a church in the new part of town. I stumbled on it while I was looking for an internet café and wandered through much of the new town. I didn't go inside, but it is quite a pretty church from the freizes on the outside of the building.

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  • City Hall

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    The City Hall is located opposite the famous clock in central square in Ioannina center. It used to be the Turkish headquarters that was burnt out in 1928. The national bank of Greece built this building in 1936 based on plans of the architect Zoumboulidis in post byzantine style. Until 1950 it was bank branch and in 1960 the bank leaves and at...

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  • Agios Nikolaos Agoras church

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    The Church of Saint Nicholas is on the way between the lakefront and the Old Bazaar or new part of the town. Its nothing all that big or spectacular, but given that there are no churches inside the Kastro, it is the closest one that you can find to the oldest part of town.

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  • Folklore Museum (EHM)

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    E.H.M. - Society for Epirotic Studies The museum stretches today on a total area of 600 square meters of the more recent three-storied traditional building with stone walls and a symmetric formation on the openings of its facets, and on some additional 250 square meters of the newly built basement. It was built between 1800 and 1808 and belonged...

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  • Municipal Gallery - Dimotiki Pinakothiki

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    The Municipal Gallery is a small museum housing some nice exables of recent greek painting. It covers a period from Munich style and impressionism and ends to modern era. There are also some sculptures and 50 engravings so the total amount of works go up to about 500. Painting in Greece was connected with the Eastern Orthodox church for centuries...

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  • Konitsa

    Konitsa is the largest settlement in the area. It doesn't belong to Zagorohoria but it's a good place to start your exploration of the region. It is built amphitheatrically on a hillside overlooking the magnificent valley of Aoos river and shaded by the hulk of Mount Astraka, that belongs to Pindos mountain. Aoos gorge is also very near and some...

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  • Megalo Papingo - Zagori

    The road leading to Megalo and Mikro Papingo has at least 15 sharp hairpin curves but you are rewarded by the awe-inspiring view! Before you start going up you meet the most beautiful river of Voidomatis. The colour of the water is unbelievable! The transparency is inviting for a refreshening swim but it is only for the ...winter swimmers or the...

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  • Pramanta

    Pramanda is the biggest village in North Tzoumerka mountains, 65km south east of Ioannina city and has about 1500 inhabitants. The village was built in 15th century on 840m high at the foothill of Stroggoula (2.107m) an impressive peak that can be seen above the village (pic 2). Tzoumerka is a mountain chain with many peaks over 2000m and covers an...

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  • Ioannina city

    Ioannina city is built at the western side of Pamvotida lake opposite Mitsikeli mountain. It has about 130.000 inhabitants and because of the university thousands(more than 18.000) of students give mood to the nightlife with many cafes, pubs and taverns full of people all the time. The castle, the museums, the cozy promenade molos by the lake, the...

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  • Syrrako - Tzoumerka

    Syrrako is a very impressive historical village on Tzoumerka mountains. With its twin village Kalarites they are no doubt a must if you are in the neighborhood. They are just one hour drive from Ioannina, 42 kilometers southwest, at an altitude of 1200meters. They are built on the rim of a deep ravine and is an example of traditional architecture...

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  • three bridges in the same area-Kipi...

    Hundreds of stone bridge are symbols of Zagori. Some have been rebuilt many times but keeping the old style and architecture. "Kalogeriko" or "Plakidas" bridge is one of the most impressive ones. It was once made of wood. In 1814, the Superior of the nearby monastery built the today's stone bridge thus it took the name “Kalogeriko” meaning “of the...

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  • Tsepelovo - Zagori

    Tsepelovo is the biggest and one of the most picturesque villages in Zagori. It is built amphitheatrically on a steep slope of Mount Tymfi, at an altitude of 1200m so you can have a view of a big part of the village from the beautiful central square. It is situated in the middle of the National Park of Pindos. The cobblestone streets, the public...

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  • Monodendri - Zagori

    This beautiful village is a good place for a base of your expedition in central Zagori because it is located in the center. It is built at an altitude of 1060 meters 40 kilometers from Ioannina. Its name means “one tree” and it took it from a big fir tree that had been there since 1840. Until 1753 it was one community with the nearby Vitsa , Ano...

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  • Mikro Papingo - Zagori

    When you first have a look at the incredible view of Mikro Papingo and the dramatic rocky tops of Mount Gamila, soaring behind it, you cannot but stop and gaze at the wild beauty. You can hardly make out the small village as its houses are built with local stone which match harmoniously with the environment. When you come nearer the typical stone...

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  • Vradeto - Zagori

    Vradeto looks pure and rustic and still's got the features of every Zagori village. In the central square there is a simple taverna qith tasty local food and big plane trees. There is a site near it, Beloi, from where you get a view of Vikos Gorge. This village is very quiet and doesn't get much tourism but it still has some small hotels if you...

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  • Roofs - Zagori, Tzoumerka

    The construction of the houses has retained the traditional designs and materials. Stone for the walls and “shistolyth” for the roofs. Shistolyth is abundant in the ground in the mountains of both Zagori and Tzoumerka. In one of the photos you can see how it looks. These flat stones they use for their roofs demand great skill because no connecting...

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  • Kalarites – Tzoumerka

    Kalarites is the twin village of Syrrako. You will take two different roads to visit them because they are built on different sides of the ravine. The village was founded in the 13th century probably by shepherds who liked the awe-inspiring landscape and of course they were quite safe from enemies living in such a wild and remote place on the edge...

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  • Koukouli- Zagori

    Koukouli is a village near Kipi, another wonderful village. Historians say it counts 800 years of life. Few tourists visit it because it is one of so many other Zagorian villages but it doesn't lack in beauty or traditional atmosphere. On the contrary it is very pretty and peaceful and a good place to spend some time.The village lived prosperous...

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  • Vovousa - Zagori

    Vovousa is a little remote but it is worthy of a visit. It belongs to eastern Zagori, which appears to have been inhabited at least for 1000 years, and is located in a majestic green environment near another precious national forest of exquisite beauty “Valia Calda”! It is run by beautiful Aoos river with its interesting stone bridge, built in...

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  • Vikos Gorge

    Vikos Gorge is the second most popular gorge in Greece after the Samaria Gorge in Crete. It is more than 900m in depth and 12km in length, and is found just 30km north of Ioannina. There are several paths along it that join the picturesque villages tucked into folds of the mountains.. You can pick the paths that suit you in length or difficulty....

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  • Elafotopos and Ano Pedina- Zagori

    Elafotopos (“place of deer”) and Ano Pedina are two picturesque villages, high up on a mountain road. The scenery all along the way is magical! I stopped so many times to admire the breathtaking views. .They both have plenty of traditionally built houses and look clean and tidy with their cobblestone streets and its beautiful gardens.Ano Pedina is...

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  • Vikos village - Zagori

    Vikos village is 5km beyond Aristi. One of the best views of Vikos Gorge is just a few minute walk from the village, where there is a natural platform. The path leading to the gorge itself starts there and leads to Monodendri. At the few restaurants of the village you can taste the usual homemade specialties of Zagorohoria and meet other visitors...

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  • Aristi - Zagori

    Aristi is a nice village of West Zagorohoria in the middle of everything. I had to pass by at least 4 times. It is built on the mountain just opposite Mikro and Megalo Papingo, fitting perfectly in the verdant slope. Vikos Gorge forms the separating line between them, run by the magnificent Voidomatis river!In its picturesque square, as in all...

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  • Information Center - Mikro Papingo

    The Information Center is housed in the old elementary school which has been left with no pupils, unfortunately.. Thus it keeps educating people as an "open school" on environmental issues and local civilisation. On the first floor the visitor has the opportunity to be informed on the history of Zagori and Papingo through pictures, texts and...

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  • sarakatsanikes huts

    It is an open-air museum that represents a pastoral settlement.Sarakatsani was a nomadic greek tribe that the biggest part of them were stockmen.These huts are trying to represent the life and the customs of this group of people.

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  • kolibithres in Zagorochoria

    On the main road from the village megalo Papigo to mikro Papigo you will see an area that called kolibithres.There are small phisical stone pools that during summer are perfect for swimming.

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  • Zachorochoria bridges part 4

    This bridge is the most famous of all the bridges.It was built in 1814 and it is situated close to the village Kipi.Its name its Plakida or Kalogeriko bridge.It is one of the fewest three arc bridges and this characteristic makes it looks like a moving worm.

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